In a surprising turn of events, Boakye Agyarko, a flagbearer aspirant for the New Patriotic Party, has decided to withdraw from the forthcoming run-off election. This election was scheduled for Saturday, September 2, 2023, to break the tie between Agyarko and Francis Addai-Nimoh.
Agyarko’s decision stems from his disagreement with the revised format of the run-off, where only the NPP National Council members are eligible to vote. According to him, this format is unjust and violates the constitution.
He communicated his stance in a letter to the party, where he criticized the decision to reduce the electoral college for the run-off. He referred to this decision as an “errant decision,” expressing his disapproval of the changes in the voting process. This development certainly adds a new layer to the political landscape.
“I refuse to be a part of such an act that seeks to unjustly truncate a previously agreed upon process, and cannot be part of what is about to be done on Saturday, 2nd September 2023. I cannot, with a clear conscience make such an impermissible concession to such an errant decision.“
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) organized a super delegates conference last Saturday with the aim of narrowing down its flagbearer candidates from ten to five. This move was part of their strategy to streamline the selection process and focus on the most promising candidates.
Following the conference, the National Council of the party convened on Wednesday to deliberate further on the matter. They came to the conclusion that the run-off should proceed as planned, but with a key change – only members of the National Council would be eligible to vote.
In addition to this, the party also attempted to persuade one of the aspirants to step down from the run-off. This was likely done in an effort to simplify the process and avoid further complications. However, it’s unclear how this proposition was received by the aspirant in question. This series of events highlights the dynamic and often unpredictable nature of political proceedings.
SOURCE: Senali News Ghana